Archive for April, 2015

Ocean Springs mayor vetoes restrictive film ordinance

Karen Nelson, Sun Herald Mayor Connie Moran on Monday vetoed a film ordinance that city aldermen passed last week, saying she wants to back up, let city leaders hear from the state’s film industry and give Ocean Springs a chance to review aspects of the ordinance that some consider overbearing and bureaucratic. The 11-page law […]

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Internships offer real-world experience for film students

BY ALEX PELHAM Although there are a number of directors who didn’t attend college, such as Quentin Tarantino and Stanley Kubrick, not all aspiring movie makers can simply pick up a camera and make it big. As competition to write, direct and produce movies becomes more and more competitive, film schools across the country urge their […]

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New Orleans lawyer Michael Arata, business partners convicted in film tax credit scheme

By Andy Grimm, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune New Orleans attorney and actor Michael Arata and his two partners in the multimillion-dollar renovation of a Marigny mansion were convicted by a jury Monday for defrauding a state tax credit program of $1.1 million. Hollywood executive Peter Hoffman, his wife Susan and Arata were found guilty of conspiracy to wire fraud in connection with the […]

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Behind the Scenes of the Fast-Paced, Small-Budget Movies of Dhallywood

By Jordan G. Teicher   Growing up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sarker Protick would look forward to Friday afternoons, when, on the national television channel, he could count on the screening of a Dhallywood film. Full of epic romances and cartoonish violence, the movies made by the country’s film industry were exercises in extremes, made quickly and with small […]

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Tasmanian film company Wide Angle’s future in doubt after $80,000 Screen Australia funding cut

By Emilie Gramenz The future of filmmaking organisation Wide Angle Tasmania is in doubt following a decision by Screen Australia to slash its funding by $80,000. Screen Australia has been forced to defund seed organisations after the cut. One of those is Wide Angle, which provides production equipment and mentoring to emerging filmmakers. The $80,000 cut, […]

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Hollywood of the Sahara

“QUIET!” The cry rings out in English, French and Arabic across the cobblestoned streets of Jerusalem, as filming begins for a scene in the series AD The Bible Continues. But while the arched doorways, balconies and furnishings all say Roman-era Israel, the real-life setting is southern Morocco. Viewers in America and elsewhere in the world […]

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Film Incentive Supporters Ignore the Facts

Posted by Jarrett Skorup on April 24, 2015 Ken Droz, former director of communications for the Michigan Film Office, responded to an op-edI co-authored about Michigan’s film incentive program. Unfortunately, he levels criticisms and makes claims without citing any facts. The block quotes below are the assertions he makes in a MLive article, and are followed by my response: […]

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New deal to save Nova Scotia film industry raises more concerns

By Stephanie Taylor, Metro Halifax   HALIFAX – What started out as jubilation by members and supporters of the Nova Scotia film industry after learning that the province was offering a new incentive to replace the film tax credit quickly turned to disappointment. Two weeks after the Liberal government announced a proposal to significantly reduce the […]

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Mumbai film industry workers to go on strike

The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), a film industry worker’s union in Mumbai, has decided to go on an indefinite strike from May 6 if producers do not hike the daily wages of workers. FWICE President Kamlesh Pandey says if the producers don’t agree to their terms, the members too will not extend […]

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Directors boycott Istanbul Film Festival

In a year when Turkey’s film industry is winning plaudits abroad, it’s also battling censorship at home, prompting dozens of the nation’s most prominent directors to boycott its main festival. More than 100 filmmakers, including the most recent winner of Cannes’ Palme d’Or, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, signed a letter this month alleging censorship at the […]

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